In a story by the Star Tribune about a fatal snowmobile crash, the lead the reporter chose to use was a straightforward, hard-news lead. I believe anytime you have a story about a death the lead should be a straightforward, hard-news lead, but in a death of a public service official, such as an Officer, it was especially important, if not necessary, for the STRIB to take such an approach.
The elements in the lead included "who" (an off-duty Alexandria police officer), "when" ( Friday Night), "what" (in a snowmobile crash), and "where" (Douglas County). The STRIB does not include in the lead the name of the officer, any history about him, or details about the crash. It also does not include any information about the second victim or his conditions.
This lead works very well for this story because there is very important information for the public to know in that an officer was killed, and the STRIB gets the important elements out in the first sentence, and leaves the details for the paragraphs below the lead.